When to stop sterilising bottles?

(8 Posts)
Lizzie93 Sun 23-Mar-14 07:33:16

Was just curious to see when people stopped sterilising there baby's bottles?
Thanks

sherbetpips Sun 23-Mar-14 08:04:02

The standard time is 12 months

HappyAsASandboy Sun 23-Mar-14 08:16:49

You need to steralise the bottles as long as you are giving formula in them.

Although you'll see your baby chewing on the buggy wheels and think 'why am I bothering', you really must. The germs on a buggy wheel are fairly benign compared to the bugs that grow in formula. Formula is the perfect medium for growing bacteria (unlike a buggy wheel), and so bugs will flourish in the books and crannies round the lid/at the bottom/in the teat etc.

Please keep sterilising as long as you're using formula. If you switch to just water from a bottle then it becomes less important, but while it's formula you really should keep sterilising.

bonzo77 Sun 23-Mar-14 08:21:39

Until I stopped formula, ie when I used up the last box, about 13 months with both of mine.

stargirl1701 Sun 23-Mar-14 08:24:11

When you stop using powdered formula.

somersethouse Sun 23-Mar-14 08:27:23

I think at 6 months I started just washing them in the dishwasher and letting them dry. I was told that was fine, that they were sterilised.

My DD was never once sick.

Lizzie93 Sun 23-Mar-14 09:27:49

Okay thank you for all your comments this has helped me a lot

HappyAsASandboy Mon 24-Mar-14 16:57:41

As somersethouse said, the dishwasher reaches a high enough temperature to sterilise. But if you wash up by hand, ten you need to sterilise seperately.

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